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Happening Now: "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea"

  by: Danielle
2016-07-14 10:10:35

Upcycling. Not only can it prevent us from adding to the landfills, it can also prevent us from polluting the oceans. A new exhibit, titled “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea,” is the latest effort to do just that.


Washed Ashore, a community-based nonprofit organization aimed at bringing awareness to the growing marine debris crisis, has teamed up with artists and volunteers to bring 17 new art installations to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C.



Each installation is a sculpture made entirely from upcycled plastic debris found washed up on the west coast. From "Lidia the Seal" to "Priscilla the Parrot Fish," each sea creature tells its own story as to how the growing problem of plastic pollution in the oceans is affecting the species represented. Visitors can read about this and how they can help in the short description accompanying each sculpture.




The project was spearheaded by founder and artistic director Angela Haseltine Pozzi when she realized how huge the problem of marine debris is--315 billion pounds of plastic pollution and counting. Since the project’s founding in Bandon, Oregon, the plastic debris on display has since captured the attention of many, serving as a tool for community environmental action.


Washed Ashore’s exhibit will be available at the Smithsonian National Zoo every day during regular zoo hours until September 5. Learn more at or at



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